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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bursting with floral and orange flavors, El Torero is a bullfighter among Northwest IPAs. This beer won’t step out of your way. It wants you to enjoy it.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours a cloudy pale yellow, thin head. Nice nose, lots of critics and pine notes. Taste is good but doesn’t quite live up to the nose.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zeswaft (1466) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Aroma and flavor and pretty lacking. Most of the flavor is just bitterness. I guess you could say grassy. Mouthfeel is creamy and appearance is pleasurable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
650ml bomber pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger white head with good retention and leaves some thin lacing on the glass. Aromas are of citrus and floral nature with some caramel. Taste is citrus hop bitterness with a caramel malty sweetness underneath. Medium body and adequate carbonation. This is an IPA that will satisfy most with its easy drinkability.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StephLJensen (15) - California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Sweet aromas or orange and honey with lingering bitterness on the finish. I didn’t love it, but am always willing to try any IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11260) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bomber poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of biscuit, floral notes, light citrus and a hint of earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and light grapefruit with a crisp dry bitter lingering earthy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Nose pf caramel pale malt citrus and floral hop notes. Hints of dank and garlic. Amber pour nice lasting head and lace. Flavors pf caramel toast citrus floral hops and some danky notes. Hides 7% well. Finishes dry. Not bad.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Bomber. Caramel Sweetness. Bitterness throughout dominated by the Caramel. Not a big fan.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6693) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2011
22. Pours a crystal clear orange-y medium amber with a nice loose tan head knocking around. Light drops of lace. Garlicky nose, a little white pepper there. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, white pepper, grapefruit, and garlic on the mid palate. A little on the dark side of the hop bill, but has a nice fresh oiliness to it. Garlicky finish. Probably my new favorite IPA of the over-Summit-hopped school.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2011
tap, resin, herbs, roasty, orange, red, white foam, average carbonation, long finish,

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Tap @ Alameda. Hazy gold-orange pour with a persistent, short, off-white head leaving heavy lace. Nose is fairly light and balanced between malt and hops. Medium body and carbonation. Toast, pine, grapefruit and a touch of tropical fruit. Balanced more like the average American IPA and less like a West Coast IPA, which makes it a nice change from most. Mouth feel is excellent for an IPA, just the right amount of smoothness but never too polite. Very sessionable, but the ABV should give you caution about doing so.


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